Jennifer H. (Robert)
Since starting Special Strong in 2016, my son, Robert, has fewer meltdowns and has developed more endurance for physical activity. Robert needed an outlet to manage his meltdowns and help with flexibility. He can now endure 55 minutes of physical activity and can finish his entire PE class at school! Robert’s teachers have told us how much improvement they have seen in his behavior and he is learning to listen and follow directions without my having to be there to ensure that he listens to his instructor. I also got to speak with a nutritionist through this program. She is working with me on helping Robert develop better-eating habits. Since that started, he is more willing to eat greens and drink water! I am so grateful for Special Strong and everything they have done with my family!
Colleen D. (Jarred)
I love Special Strong! After working with Daniel for six months, my son got accepted into the 2018 national Special Olympics games! Jarred was able to gain the strength and confidence he needed and also improved his balance and stamina. This new strength and confidence also helped him decide to join the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Daniel is wonderful with kids and adults of all abilities. He is patient, and he knows how to adjust and adapt his workouts to the ability of the student.
Karen W. (Josh)
Over the past two years, my son was diagnosed with several medical conditions. He lost so much physically, spiritually, and emotionally. As he began to heal, I knew more could be accomplished. I found a personal trainer and a nutritionist through Special Strong. They have brought life back into my son. Thank you, Special Strong, for giving me my son back.
Christie J. (Erin)
My child loves the boot camp class. He mostly enjoys getting out of the house-the social aspect of working, being around others like him. It is a good mix of balance, cardio, and strength. Surprisingly, my child works hard and doesn’t even whine when things challenge him. I’m very satisfied with the patient, knowledgeable trainers and challenging program.
My training experience with Daniel Stein of Special strong has been 2nd to None, and I don’t say that lightly. I was born with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder that causes hypermobility & dislocation of joints and widespread pain. No other trainer, nor physics therapist for that matter, has been able to properly modify exercises to help me strengthen my body without injuring myself more. I’m incredibly thankful that God put Daniel & Trinity in my life, and I highly recommend them and the Special Strong organization to anyone who thinks they are too sick or too disabled to exercise.
Daniel is a jewel. Not only have I become stronger and lost fourteen pounds, but I have improved my lung function. Due to a serious illness, my lungs got damaged, and I only have 60% that work well. Now my lungs have expanded a little due to my workout! With my improved lungs, I was able to reach my lowest weight since college! Daniel is kind, patient, helpful, and professional and he’s the best trainer I know!
We started with Special Strong because our son was going through depression and anxiety. Daniel told us about his training for kids with special needs. At first, we weren’t sure since he isn’t really special needs, but we needed to try. Thankfully we did. Daniel has been great with our son and has taught him so much, and his workouts take his mind off of what causes his depression. Recently, my son said to me “I no longer have the feeling that I want to kill myself” since training with Special Strong.
Traci A. (Cyrus)
Having my 9yr old son in Special Strong has been such an amazing experience for him. I homeschool my 9-year-old son with Asperger’s and finding a place/class for exercise with peers has been hard. Special Strong has provided a safe, non-competitive place for my son to be with peers while having fun. Daniel makes this a positive experience and my son can’t wait to go back each week. I have noticed he has more stamina, better coordination, and wants to eat healthier because he is starting to realize how important it is to live healthier as he is growing. From my perspective, Special Strong is amazing for my child as Daniel wants to understand each child’s needs and how best to help. Daniel was insistent at understanding our kid’s needs and customizing our class. Our class has kids that can get very overwhelmed with noises and sensory overload. Daniel is very sensitive to making sure that anything that impacts their workout is only helpful. He will ask parents for their input as well to better help each child. I would highly recommend Special Strong if you have a child – or even for adults – that would like an environment that is safe and physically beneficial for ALL abilities!
I started with Special Strong recently because of spinal cord injury that occurred 20 years ago, and a recent hospital stay leaving me very weak, both physically and mentally. I saw Special Strong and got a hold of Daniel right away. I knew I had to do something and fast if I wanted to continue to live my life independently. I’ve seen a lot of changes. First I now have the motivation that I’d lost and also gotten stronger physically and finally able to do the things that only four weeks ago I had to have someone else do for me. I know there still is a lot more to do, but with Daniel’s help, I’ll be back and even further than I was before, really soon. Best thing I’ve done for myself in a very long time.
Stephanie C. (Ryan)
My ten-year-old autistic son has been working with Daniel Stein at Special Strong for over a year. We have seen an increase in his confidence and abilities in this short time. He thoroughly enjoys his sessions with Special Strong, and we drive over an hour to see Daniel because of his amazing demeanor and patience. Daniel treats my son with respect and talks to him age appropriately. We are working on purposeful movements so that my son can throw a ball to play fetch and to jump around on playground equipment. His strength has already increased and each session he can do more with Daniel. I would recommend Daniel and his team at Special Strong to anyone with a child with Special Needs.
Karen L. (Jeff)
I started working out with Daniel Stein in my mid-50s-having never worked out and never with a trainer! The benefits were numerous; strength, stamina, stability, weight loss, friendship, and more! When Daniel started Special Strong, I invited my son Jeff who has a nonspecific neuromuscular disease very similar to cerebral palsy to join him. Immediately, we saw increased strength and new balance for Jeff. The most impressive change has been a flexibility in Jeff’s movements that far surpasses any he gained through years and years of physical therapy! Don’t walk, RUN to Special Strong and begin receiving benefits right away!
Christine K. (Chase)
This company is AMAZING! They really understand how to work with people who have special needs or limitation. They can/will adapt each exercise as needed while still challenging your fitness level to gain improvement. Their entire staff is all very knowledgeable, patient and kindhearted. I love the encouragement my son receives & how he is NOT treated differently due to his “abilities.” This organization makes it possible for you to reach your health goals. People with all abilities not only gain better health but they gain a better outlook on life when they come to Special Strong.
Nora H. (Ashley)
I started working with Special Strong because of my daughter Ashley she is a special need child with Cerebral Palsy. Before Special Strong Ashley was not able to stand for a long period of time and not able to extend her legs. Special Strong has helped my daughter gain flexibility, get stronger and have more independence. Ashley’s core is stronger, and she can stand for longer periods of time while doing activities at the table. She is also able to walk with her walker with more stability, confidence, endurance. Special Strong offers an awesome program for anyone who has special needs or simply wants to improve their health and fitness!
As a mom of two homeschooled kids on the spectrum, we are always looking for ways to get them involved with other kids and active outside our home. We had tried recreation classes with our city and because of their differences, were unable to keep attending. At the beginning of this school year, I learned about this ministry and was asked how they could help. Immediately my answer was a homeschool PE class for special needs/kids on the spectrum. Daniel got right on it, and soon we were attending weekly boot camp classes. The boys are always excited to go, Daniel and Cade are amazing with them and push them just enough to encourage and motivate, but make sure they feel confident while working hard. As a result, my boys have been able to increase their active times; they feel good about exercising, have better self-images, and feel stronger in routine activities. We appreciate Special Strong reaching out and making this class happen!
I started training with Daniel in 2014. Before training with Daniel, I was overweight, had no energy, and had no interest or motivation to workout. After three months, I put on several pounds of lean muscle and lost over 30 lbs and 5% body fat! Not only did he help me with my fitness and weight loss goals, but he also helped me with my eating habits. As a result, my wife (who was not exercising at the time) lost over 10lbs during the first month just by following the nutrition coaching recommended by Daniel! I am so grateful for having been able to train with Daniel and highly recommend him to anyone who was like me — overweight and sick and tired of being sick and tired! This decision to hire Daniel has changed my life and impacted my entire family. I feel the best I have in years!
In 2011, I had experienced a drug overdose that resulted in a stroke and loss of function to my legs. I was put in a wheelchair to get around. In 2015, I started working with Daniel at Special Strong. With his expertise using corrective exercise, he helped me get mobility and strength back into my legs. I am now able to stand on my own and do things I haven’t been able to do since my accident. I am so grateful to God for Daniel at Special Strong for giving me another chance at a better life.
You only come across a few people in life that really stand out, and when you do, it’s hard not to stop and take notice. Daniel is an exceptional trainer, but he’s more than that. He listens, and he cares about his clients. He makes his clients feel like they are the only person who matters. The depth of his knowledge is impressive, but more importantly, he listens more than he talks. He helps his clients come to the correct conclusions which effectively helps them make real life-long changes. I’d recommend Daniel as a trainer to anyone because they will find more than just a trainer, they will find a friend and a true partner in their health and well-being.
Allison L. (Matt)
Our teenage son had no interest in exercise. He struggled with social awareness, discipline, and focus. After working out weekly with Daniel, we saw a confidence develop in him. He became more disciplined and began to reach for his goals and set new personal records. Even his social interactions with others have improved. We highly recommend Daniel as he has the unique ability to connect, inspire and motivate those he works with!
Emily W. (Ethan)
I have a boy on the autism spectrum, and we started homeschooling him back in the fall. I heard about Special Strong from several friends of mine, and this program sounded like a great way for him to get some exercise and socialize. He has been attending classes for several weeks now, and he loves it! He has such a blast, and he gets a great workout! His teacher is very friendly and patient. The location and time of the class are convenient for us, too. Win-win! I’m very happy we found this place!
Pat K. (John)
Daniel with Special Strong has been instrumental in motivating my son to start watching what he is eating and wanting to exercise more. Daniel is so good with my son, encouraging him to keep going and to do his best. Thank you, Daniel, for all you do for our kiddos.
I work with a 16-year-old boy named Robert, who has autism. Robert attends Special Strong every Monday and Thursday, where he gets in a full body workout over the course of an hour. He is always excited to go and work with his trainer, Daniel. Daniel is very kind, patient, and encouraging towards him, which is awesome. They work together and use a variety of different equipment, allowing Robert to push himself and try new things. He never leaves without a big smile on his face! I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a workout program designed around those with disabilities.
Special strong is an amazing company! I had a stroke, and Daniel is helping me with strength. He got some hooks for me to use to lift weights with both arms since my right-hand doesn’t open well to grip things! He is very caring and encouraging; he is awesome!
Doug S, Resident Director at Cornerstone Ranch
As the director of a special needs facility, I see too many adults with special needs living sedentary lives that are decreasing their quality of life. In 2016, we decided to partner with Special Strong to fix this problem and have seen their expertise and passion change the lives of so many of our adult residents. Our residents now look forward to exercising every time Special Strong comes to our facility. Recently, one of our residents was able to take a three-mile hiking trip with his dad and didn’t even have to turn around! Daniel Stein and his team are truly living out their calling to helping the special needs population experience abundant life!
Sharyn K, Founder of Powered 2 Move
Daniel has been a wonderful partner to our nonprofit – Powered to Move. He is not only knowledgeable on training people affected by a variety of disabilities but very kind and compassionate while helping them achieve their goals. He has helped our participants individually and done group training for us as well. His desire to see folks with disabilities live healthy lives infectious.
Kim S. (Heath)
We were so happy to hear of a special needs boot camp in our community. Our son is 19 and has autism and absolutely loves the Special Strong staff that leads the two classes that he attends. They are amazing and work very hard to ensure that he understands how to do the exercises and that he is following their lead to do them safely. He is learning that exercise can be fun and rewarding, and we are very thankful!